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Seeing Air Travel in a Whole New Light

by Marsha Lewis, Inside Science

Each day, thousands of airplanes fly over the United States at the same time.

Nearly 87,000 flights crisscross the country each day.

“The United States is very crowded especially if you go to the northeast region … the northeast corridor is the busiest traffic anywhere in the world,” said Banavar Sridhar, a senior scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in California.

It takes a small army of air traffic controllers, dispatchers, forecasters and engineers to get all of these planes and their passengers where they need to go safely and efficiently.

Watch videos below on how a new system is tracking flights in real time and routing aircraft around weather to avoid delays.

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